Calgary Sexual Health Centre, in partnership with Families Matter, is pleased to offer a monthly support group for families and caregivers of gender creative children up to age 14. Gender creative children are kids who express their gender in ways that are different than what others might expect based on their assigned sex at birth. This includes children who may be questioning their gender, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender independent, gender fluid, gender-queer, non-binary, or Two-Spirit.
This support group is an opportunity for caregivers to share stories and experiences, support each other in a non-judgmental and safe atmosphere, and to learn more about gender creativity.
Many caregivers voice that they have difficulty finding spaces for their kids to connect with other children who share their experiences, free childcare is available during each support group session for this reason. This is an amazing space for kids to play and hang out with other gender creative children and their siblings. The childcare space is open for drop off at 5:45pm and is staffed by volunteers who are experienced with gender creative kids.
The Gender Creative Families support group is held at Families Matter Trans Canada Centre, located at unit 158, 1440 52 Street, NE. We will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m. If you are running late, please still feel free to come in and have a seat.
Meetings include information-sharing, time to connect with other caregivers, and semi-structured group discussion. This is an open group and participants are welcome to attend sessions as their schedules allow. All activities are optional and participants always have the right to pass based on their comfort.
We recognize the wealth of knowledge and experience that all participants bring to this group. These sessions will be supported by a registered psychologist and a sexuality educator. We will begin each session with group guidelines and will actively work towards making this a safer space for all participants. As discussions unfold some topics may arise that might feel uncomfortable for some participants. Additional supports are available at Calgary Sexual Health Centre. To access them please call 403-283-5580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to set up an appointment.
Tuesday Feb.21, 2017 - With Guests: The Metta Cinic and Lee Allard
During this February session parents and caregivers are invited to come with questions regarding the medical system and youth transition supports. The Metta Clinic, running out of the Alberta Children's Hospital, specializes in medical care for Transgender youth. Lee Allard will be joining us from Calgary Sexual Health Centre, bringing a wealth of knowledge from their work with families and LGBTQ youth.
Tuesday Mar.21, 2017- With Guest: Tamara Gordon
Tamara Gordon is the Supervisor for Psychological Services for the Calgary Board of Education. She will be available to answer any questions you might have around navigating the school system, the right of students and their families, and current CBE policies to support young people.
Tuesday Apr.18, 2017- Connecting and Summer Transition
A time to connect, share what's happening for you and your family, and seek any supports you may need heading into the summer.
To ensure that we have sufficient space for all participants, please register for all who will be attending (kids included). If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Emily at email@example.com.